Mike Piazza is flanked by former teammates John Franco and Edgardo Alfonzo during Sunday's Mets Hall of Fame ceremony.NEW YORK
FIRST PITCH: The Mets will have a familiar look in 2014, at least in terms of manager and coaches.
Sandy Alderson is due to announce a two-year contract extension for Collins with a team option for 2016 at a noon press conference today at Citi Field. Collins’ entire coaching staff also is expected to return intact.
The Mets completed their season Sunday with a 74-88 record -- identical to 2012 -- after beating the Brewers, 3-2, behind two unearned runs in the eighth inning. They finished in third place, a game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies, although David Wright was not impressed. The Mets will pick 10th in next June’s draft -- meaning they will not forfeit their first-round pick should they sign a premium free agent.
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Monday’s news reports:
Piazza addresses the capacity crowd during Sunday's pregame ceremony.
Columnist Jim Baumbach in Newsday suggests Piazza’s ceremony is a vivid reminder of the importance of spending money on players. Writes Baumbach:
Because as the Mets embark on one of their most important offseasons in some time, Piazza's return was a timely reminder of all the good that can come from spending money on the right player. It's easy to forget, but when the Mets acquired Piazza in a 1998 midseason trade and gave him $91 million that next offseason, it represented an organizational shift in strategy.
Burned by a few high-priced contracts in the early 1990s, the Mets grew reluctant to spend and turned their focus within. Sound familiar?
Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post advocates Piazza getting enshrined in that Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, too. Writes Kernan:
There is no getting around the PED scandal and Piazza is pointing out that is the way the game went down in that era. In his heart of hearts he believes he will be in the Hall of Fame someday.
There is no doubt in my mind Piazza is a Hall of Fame player. I voted for him last time and I will vote for him again next time. Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote his first time on the ballot. He needs 75 percent to get into Cooperstown.
Mike Puma in the Post notes Bobby Valentine, who managed Piazza, was not among the group invited to take part in the on-field pregame ceremony. Writes Puma:
According to sources, Valentine -- who worked in-studio for SNY on Sunday -- was not extended an invitation to the event. Piazza provided the club with a list of people he wanted invited.
• Matt Harvey continues to undergo physical therapy at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Collins said he believes Harvey soon will be cleared to begin his throwing program in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in the hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery. Read more in the Daily News.
• Bob Raissman in the Daily News notes how Howie Rose handled the Mets’ final game on WFAN. The station is switching to Yankees games next season, prompting the Mets to need to find a new home. Writes Raissman:
In the end, Howie Rose was not looking back.
During the eighth inning of the Mets’ final radiocast on WFAN, he thanked everyone responsible for getting the games on the air since 1987 when WHN became WFAN. And in the ninth, he said farewell-- for now.
"Well, Shakespeare said the play is the thing," Rose said. "But for a baseball broadcaster the game is the thing."
He said "it's time to listen to the games" in a new location. He did not know where that would be, but told fans to "stay well" and "stay safe."
"And like that old cliché goes," Rose said, "check your local listings."
• Eric Young Jr. won the NL steals crown with two on the final day to finish with 46. He entered the day tied with Milwaukee’s Jean Segura, who sat with a cranky hamstring. Young and father Eric Sr. became the first father-son tandem ever to win league steal honors for a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• The representative for free-agent-to-be LaTroy Hawkins and the Mets already have spoken about a return in 2014, according to multiple reports.
• From the bloggers … Mark Berman at Blogging Mets hands out final grades in his Mets report card.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Thanks @mikepiazza31 #favoriteplayer #mets #HOF pic.twitter.com/HvZcnCHlzj
— Don Flatts (@DonnyBearFlatts) September 29, 2013
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